Lambert sentenced to 11 years on 13 charges

John Thompson • Aug 30, 2018 at 9:45 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Charles Jason Lambert, 31, was not facing the most serious of felony charges, which the court system labels a Class A felony, but he was facing methamphetamine, traffic and other charges and wound up with an 11-year sentence when he appeared in Carter County Criminal Court this week.

At the time he appeared before Judge Lisa Rice on Monday in a plea agreement, Lambert was facing 13 charges in several unrelated incidents.

The most serious charges were methamphetamine charges, categorized at Class B felonies. On one of those counts, possession of half a gram or more of methamphetamine with intent to sell, was reduced from “more than half a gram” to “less than half a gram.” On that charge, Lambert received a four-year sentence in the Tennessee Department of Correction. That sentence was concurrent with a two-year sentence on a failure to appear charge.

On the other drug charges, Lambert pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a drug felon. He was also sentenced to four years on that charge, concurrent with the failure to appear charge. Three other drug charges were dismissed under the plea agreement. Those were: possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of a legend drug and possession of over a half gram of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Lambert got the most time, five years, on a charge of evading arrest. That charge came from an incident on Nov. 13. Carter County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Roger Brown reported that he saw Lambert driving a motorcycle with a woman on the back. He said the motorcycle was going south on U.S. Highway 19E in Valley Forge. He said the motorcycle had no tail or brake light and was not displaying a license tag. Brown said he attempted to stop the motorcycle around 3 a.m., but the motorcycle continued south past the double bridges. He said the motorcycle turned onto U.S. Highway 321 and reached speeds of 80 to 90 mph. Brown said the motorcycle wrecked at Oliver Hollow.

Rice sentenced Lambert to five years in that incident and ordered him to make restitution to his passenger. In the same incident, Rice sentenced Lambert to four years on a charge of reckless endangerment. That charge was to run concurrently with the evading charge. Rice sentenced Lambert to serve a year on a charge of a sixth offense of driving on a revoked license. That sentence was also to run concurrently with the evading charge. A charge of having no driver’s license in his possession was dismissed.

Lambert also pleaded guilty on charges of theft over $1,000 and given a concurrent sentence of four years. On another driving on a suspended license charge, Lambert received a two-year concurrent sentence. On a driving on revoked charge, Lambert was given a one-year concurrent sentence.

Lambert was classified as a multiple offender and will be required to serve 35 percent of the sentence before he becomes eligible for parole. He was given pretrial credit for the time he spent in jail from Nov.13  to Jan. 8 and for the time from Nov. 10 to Nov. 13 and for the time from May 17 to Aug. 27.

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